RED BANK: LIGHT SWITCH MAY SLOW FLOW

rb drs p int 090114A switchover to new traffic signals at Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank could cause traffic delays Tuesday. Police Chief Darren McConnell said the work, under the auspices of Monmouth County, is expected to begin after the morning rush. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes if possible. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

BLACK BOX DEBATE: ARE THEY DANGERS?

black-boxLarge black power boxes for traffic lights, like this one at Prospect Avenue and Harding Road at the Little Silver/Red Bank border, have some Fair Haven residents concerned about visibility. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A push to upgrade traffic lights in Monmouth County has some Fair Haven residents switched on against the hulking black boxes being installed at the corner of River Road and Hance Road.

The boxes, which already have been installed at two other locations in Little Silver and Red Bank, might be fit for somewhere on the Turnpike, but not in a residential neighborhood where school children walk and ride bikes, they say.

In Fair Haven, though, a satisfying solution doesn’t seem to be on the horizon.

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NEW LIGHTS CAUSING HEAVY PROBLEMS

Rt35 fixNorthbound Maple Avenue traffic backed up during work at the West Street/White Street intersection last May. The completion of the job hasn’t alleviated the problem.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Those shiny new traffic lights on the north end of Maple Avenue seem to be having and unintended effect: rather than ease the flow of traffic, the lights are actually impeding it, according to resident Carl Colmorgen, or anybody who gets stuck in the daily a.m. logjam on nearby Monmouth Street.

Colmorgen brought up the issue at Monday night’s bimonthly Red Bank council meeting, saying that a study, or enforcement, or something needs to be done to get the issue fixed.

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